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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s this festival all about?

The Bay City Main Street is hosting the 4th annual Wild Game and Wine Camofest on January 25, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.  The festival honors native son, world-renowned painter, Forrest Clemenger Bess, 1911-1977.  During WWII, while serving in the Army Corps of Engineers, Forrest received a commendation for creating camouflage.

Bay City’s Main Street program is dedicated to the preservation of our historic downtown district. This is accomplished through a multifaceted approach, one of which is promotion of our downtown. The Wild Game and Wine Camofest is designed to introduce new people to our downtown and highlight Matagorda County’s natural beauty and bounty.

Cooking “guides” provide samples of locally caught wild game, fish and fowl at the Wild Game Cooking Camp, while regional wineries will offer samples of Texas wine. (Tickets required) If game and wine are not your forte’, there will be plenty of beer and great Texas food for sale!

Will there be beer?

Yes! There will be several kinds of Texas and craft beer you can purchase.

Is there lodging in the area?

Yes! The host hotel is the Bay City Hampton Inn. There are several hotels and motels in Bay City. You can check them out on the Bay City Chamber of Commerce Website.

How does the Wild Game and Wine festival work?

It’s simple: The Festival is FREE. Food, wine and beer are available by purchasing Camofest Cash or special packages such as our Texas Grand Slam Wine Package. Food and merchandise will be available from independent vendors, downtown merchants and restaurants. Wristbands can be purchased for entry into our Wild Game Food Camp. Entry fees will be charged for the Skeet Shoot.


Can I be a sponsor of the festival? 

Yes! You can still participate until January 5, 2020. Please contact Shelly Story at 979-245-8081 for details and forms or download form from our website.

Can I volunteer to help? 

Yes, please! We still need volunteers to help prepare for the festival and on the day of the festival.

Please contact Shelly Story at sstory@cityofbaycity.org with your information and how you would like to volunteer. Your help will be so greatly appreciated!

Can I be a vendor? 

Space is limited but we still have a few spaces left for vendors. The vendor application form is on our website. For more information, please email sstory@cityofbaycity.org

How much are Wine Package tickets?

We have three levels of tickets, depending on how much of the festival you want to experience, and we also offer Camofest Cash for a variety of festival purchases. You can save $5 on Grand Slam or Wine Package if you purchase your tickets before midnight on January 10, 2020. You can purchase tickets on our website.

1.  Texas Grand Slam: (Limited number available and must be purchased online) This ticket is our best value and lets you participate in everything at the festival.  You will receive:

Please note | Sales on the Texas Grand Slam closes when the tickets are sold out or midnight January 17, whichever comes first.

2. Wild Game and Wine Food Camp:  (Limited number available and may be purchased online or at the festival.) This wristband gives you one entry into the Wild Game and Wine Food Camp where the “Cooking Guides” will treat you to tastes of their delicious dishes that showcase locally caught wild game, fish or fowl or Texas wine. Kids under 5 do not need a ticket into the food camp area but must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note | All drinks and wine sample tickets are sold separately. (See Camofest Cash below.)

4. One sheet of Camofest Cash  (May be purchased online or at the festival.) Camofest Cash is sold in $1 increments and are used for single wine tastings, toward purchase of beer, and Camofest merchandise. Pick them up early and you don’t need to stand in line the day of the festival!

Please note | Not valid for wine by the glass, wine bottle purchases, festival vendors or Bay City Downtown stores.

5. Vendors, food trucks, wine by the glass or bottle may be purchased with cash or credit card from each individual winery or vendor.

You may pick up your packages before the festival to save you time the day of the festival. From January 13 through January 20, 2020 (Monday through Friday) you can pick up your purchases at 1112 7th Street, Bay City from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2-4 p.m.


When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets go on sale December 1, 2019. You can buy tickets right here on our website. Online sales end at midnight, January 17, 2020.

Will there be some tickets sold at the festival?

Camofest Cash will be sold at the festival, which can be used for single Wine Tasting, toward purchase of beer, and official Camofest merchandise only.

Please note | Not valid for wine by the glass, wine bottle purchases, festival vendors or Bay City Downtown stores.

Camofest Food Camp Wristbands will also be sold at the festival (while supplies last), which are good for entry into the Wild Game and Wine Food Camp. Wristbands are good for entry into the Wild Game and Wine Food Camp. The Texas Grand Slam Package must be  purchased online. Online ticket sales end at midnight, January 17.

Note: Online purchases can be picked up at the Will Call tent at the festival or from January 13 through January 20 (Monday through Friday) at 1112 7th Street, Bay City, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2-4 p.m.

What’s the timeline for the festival?

Saturday, January 25 from 2-10 p.m.

Can I come and go from the festival?

Yep. You can easily move from one component of the festival to another.  If participating in the food areas you will receive a wristband when you first enter into the food courts, which will allow you to leave and return as you please, as long as you have the wristband on, so don’t take it off!

What else should I bring money for?

If you’re in a shopping mood, you can check out many unique stores in Downtown Bay City and the vendor booths that will be at the festival. You’ll also be able to purchase wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, merchandise and more. Whether certain booths accept credit/debit cards will be at the discretion of the vendors. There are ATMs near the festival site but make sure to bring plenty of cash so you don’t miss out on any fun!

For your convenience, we will have Camofest Cash tents where you will be able to purchase Camofest Cash the day of the festival. These dollars can be redeemed for wine tasting, beer purchases, and Camofest festival merchandise.

Please note | Camofest Cash is not valid for wine by the glass, wine bottle purchases, festival vendors or Bay City Downtown stores.

How will beer sales work?

The beer is a Camofest Cash bar so bring cash to purchase Camofest Cash dollars or buy them online before the festival.


How will wine sales work?

A single wine tasting will be purchased with Camofest Cash tickets: one tasting per one ticket.  To purchase a glass or bottle of wine, you will have to pay the winery vendor directly in cash.

How much is it to park, and where should I park?

Parking is free. We recommend getting downtown early, since parking is spread out in all directions. You assume all risk and responsibility on where you park.

Can we bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc.?

Of course! Please keep in mind that if you bring them and use them for the concert, it will be extremely crowded and we want everyone to have a great time and be as close to the stage as possible. Plus, we think you should stand for killer music anyway.

NOTE: Lawn chairs will NOT be allowed directly in front of the stage. This area is standing room only in order to give everyone a chance to dance.

Will food be available other than wild game camp and wine harvest food?

Yes, there are several restaurants located in Downtown Bay City and there will be several food trucks at the festival.  Please refer to the event map for their locations.

What can I NOT bring?

Outside food, drinks or coolers. Pets (service animals are welcome, of course.) Drugs. Vegetarianism and bad attitudes.

What should I bring?

Bring the party. And sunglasses. And a hat and gloves, just in case its cold. And, of course cash!

Can children attend?

Absolutely! This is an all-ages event, including the concert. Children under five are not required to buy a Wild Game Camp ticket.

Do you have a warning for minors?

Probably not a “frequently asked” question, but we have to say it. Since alcohol will be served at this event, everyone will be asked to show identification to prove age at the front gate and the beer ticket tent. Attendees 21 or older also will have a special wrist band. A minor or any person not wearing a wristband seen consuming alcohol will be escorted out of the festival. And while wristbands will be given before you are able to go to the bar, bartenders can and will ask to double-check your identification to prove your age.



For More Information

Contact: Shelly Story      Bay City Main Street     sstory@cityofbaycity.org   979-245-8081

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